Police arrest 2 in credit card theft


Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 10:42 p.m.

The importance of keeping track of your credit cards was emphasized by police working on a pair of fraud cases this week, one in Gainesville and the other in Lake City.

Gainesville police arrested Kendra Latosha Ford, 28, of 2918 N.E. 10th St., for her alleged involvement in a May credit card case. Ford was charged with theft, two counts of forgery and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Her alleged co-conspirator, Delton Lashawn Miller, 35, was arrested several weeks ago and charged with fraud, forgery and two counts of larceny in the same case, according to police.

According to Officer David Cannon, Miller saw a Dunnellon woman's credit card that had been left on a CVS pharmacy counter. Cannon said Miller picked up the card and then used it at the front counter of the store.

According to police, being able to make the purchase confirmed for Miller that the card was usable. Miller and Ford are accused of using the card to buy nearly $60 worth of gas, beer and cigarettes and $128 worth of seafood.

Ford was arrested without incident Tuesday evening.

Lake City police are looking for two women suspected of using a credit card reportedly stolen from an unlocked car earlier this month.

According to Investigator Paul Kash, a man forgot to lock his car and left his credit card inside it when he went into the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lake City on Jan. 6. The man later discovered his card was missing and determined that it had been used by someone other than him.

By tracing the use of the card, Kash was able to recover a surveillance video from the Belk store in the Lake City Mall that appears to show two women making a purchase with the stolen card.

Police spokesman John Blanchard said an image taken from the video was being released in the hope that someone will be able to recognize one or both of the women.

Police in both cities said some of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim of credit card theft is to pay close attention to where your cards are at all times and to remember to lock you vehicle and not leave valuable items in sight.

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